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All of Sateri’s sites in China have undergone an independent evaluation of their social and labour practices as part of the Higg FSLM audit.

A member of the RGE group of companies, Sateri also claims to be one of the world’s first viscose producers to have completed the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM) assessment, with a similar verified high score of over 80% for all its viscose mills.

Developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a global, multi-stakeholder non-profit
alliance for the fashion industry, the Higg Index is a suite of tools that enables brands, retailers and facilities of all sizes to accurately measure and score a company or product’s sustainability performance.

The FSLM tool of the Higg Index holistically assesses working conditions of the mills, including fair wages and compensation, health and safety, and the respectful treatment of employees. The FEM tool, meanwhile, focuses more on environmental performance, including energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, chemical, and waste management.

Allen Zhang, president of Sateri, said: “In light of increasing scrutiny on working conditions in the textile industry, the FSLM tool enables us to identify gaps and opportunities to improve on social and labour practices. Our high score of over 80% is an affirmation of our ongoing efforts to uphold workers’ welfare and create a conducive work environment, especially during these difficult times brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Last month, Sateri claimed to have become the first lyocell producer in China to be certified to the standards set by independent Swiss-based certification organisation Oeko-Tex.

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